popo

popo

Pepin was adopted from a breeder in Holland who is famous for raising working dogs of the highest standards. Pepin has two speeds: 0 and 11. When he is at 11, his scenting skills verge on magical. While in Zambia monitoring cheetah, Pepin suddenly took off after a scent, leading his handler to a cheetah scat that was located more than half a kilometer away. In a tree. In a place where cheetah had not been sighted before. Like we said, magical.

When Popo was surrendered to the shelter he was emaciated and had a dull, lusterless coat. He was fine with other dogs, but he really only cared about one thing: playing ball. The shelter manager quickly realized he needed an extremely active family or, even better, a job. She reached out to WD4C’s friend and colleague, Megan Vick, who has evaluated and rescued numerous working dogs. Megan arranged for Popo to come to us, and now, fit and glossy, he is a stellar addition to our poaching prevention project in the Serengeti, where he has become particularly skilled at tracking. Popo and his canine partner DJ once led their handlers on an all-night 14.7 kilometer track to a poaching camp, which resulted in three arrests and the confiscation of 34 deadly snares and 432 kilograms (over 950 lbs!) of bushmeat.​

Popo and his handler training at the Singita Grumeti basecamp. 

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